The Cambridge Companion to the Age of Justinian

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Michael Maas
Cambridge University Press, Apr 18, 2005 - History
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This book introduces the Age of Justinian, the last Roman century and the first flowering of Byzantine culture. Dominated by the policies and personality of emperor Justinian I (527–565), this period of grand achievements and far-reaching failures witnessed the transformation of the Mediterranean world. In this volume, twenty specialists explore the most important aspects of the age including the mechanics and theory of empire, warfare, urbanism, and economy. It also discusses the impact of the great plague, the codification of Roman law, and the many religious upheavals taking place at the time. Consideration is given to imperial relations with the papacy, northern barbarians, the Persians, and other eastern peoples, shedding new light on a dramatic and highly significant historical period.

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Michael Maas is Professor of History and Director of the Program in Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations at Rice University. He is the author of several other books including Readings in Late Antiquity: A Sourcebook.

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